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LABOR FORCE: The total number of people willing and able to exert mental and/or physical efforts in productive activities. In principle, this is everyone 16 years of age and over who is willing and able to work. In practice, it includes the sum of anyone over 16 years who is employed or unemployed but actively seeking a job. The labor force is essentially a more technical term for the economy's labor supply.

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STAGES OF PRODUCTION: The three stages of production characterized by the slope and shape of the total product curve. The first stage is characterized by an increasingly positive slope. The second stage by a decreasingly positive slope. And the third stage by a negative slope. Because the slope of the total product curve IS marginal product, these three stages are also seen with marginal product. In Stage I, marginal product is positive and increasing. In Stage II, marginal product is positive, but decreasing. And in Stage III, marginal product is negative.

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MARKET DISEQUILIBRIUM

The state of the market that exists when the opposing market forces of demand and supply do achieve a balance and there is an inherent tendency for change. Market disequilibrium results if the market is not in equilibrium. More specifically, market disequilibrium results if the demand price is not equal to the supply price and the quantity demanded is not equal to the quantity supplied.

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